David Henderson, PhD

David Henderson, PhD

Research Fellow

Highlands, Scotland

About Me

I am a Research Fellow based with the primary care and multimorbidity research group at the Usher Institute, University of Edinburgh. I am responsible for delivering the quantitative elements of an Economic & Social Research Council-funded grant evaluating transformation of primary care. I have particular skills utilising R to clean and analyse large administrative datasets for epidemiology and health & care services research. I am also a registered Nurse and until recently worked part-time for NHS 24 as a Nurse Practitioner. Previous nursing experience included Medical High Dependency and Acute Medical Admissions at Raigmore Hospital in Inverness.


Research Fellow

Jan 2021 - Present · Usher Institute, University of Edinburgh

I work in the primary care and multimorbidity research group as part of the Centre for Population Health Sciences

Research Fellow

Mar 2019 - Jan 2021 · Edinburgh Napier University/Scottish Centre for Administrative Data Research

Research Associate

Nov 2018 - Feb 2019 · Urban Big Data Centre, University of Glasgow

Nurse Practitioner

Jun 2015 - Oct 2018 · NHS24

Staff Nurse

June 2011 - June 2015 · NHS Highland

Acute Medical Admissions & Medical High Dependency Unit

Staff Nurse

Apr 2010 - June 2011 · NHS Highland

Cardiology step-down & General Medical ward

Healthcare Assistant

Jan 2008 - April 2010 · NHS Highland

Nurse Bank

Assistant Director & Locations Scout

Jul 2003 - Sept 2006 · Self-employed

Worked for many media companies including BBC and STV on a variety of broadcast programming including drama and live productions

Lance Corporal

Nov 1995 - Oct 2002 · HM Forces

Infantry soldier in 1st Battalion the Highlanders (Seaforth, Gordons & Camerons). Main duties as a drummer in the regiment’s Pipe’s and Drums and as a platoon signaller in the machine gun (GPMG/SF) platoon


PhD in Urban Studies

2015 - 2019 · Urban Big Data Centre, University of Glasgow

Thesis: Multimorbidity and social care: exploiting emerging adminsitrative datasets in Scotland

MRes in Health Research

2013 - 2015 · University of Stirling

PGCert in Advanced Practice

2012 - 2013 · University of Dundee

BSc in Nursing

2006 - 2009 · University of Stirling

Academic outputs

First/last and/or corresponding author

(submitted). Johnston, L., Shenkin, S., Hockley, J., Henderson, D. Developing a care home data platform in Scotland. A mixed methods study of data routinely collected in care homes. Age & Ageing.

2021. MacRae C, Henderson D, Mercer SW, Burton J, De Souza N, Grill P, Marwick C, Guthrie B. Excessive polypharmacy and potentially inappropriate prescribing in 147 care homes- cross sectional study. British Journal of General Practice Open.

2021. Henderson D, Atherton I, McCowan C, Mercer SW, Bailey N. Linkage of national health & social care data- a cross-sectional study of multimorbidity and social care use in people aged over 65 years in Scotland. Age & Ageing 50(1).

2021. MacRae C, Mercer SW, Guthrie, B, Henderson D. Comorbidity in chronic kidney disease- a large cross-sectional study of prevalence in Scottish primary care. British Journal of General Practice 71(704).

2019. Henderson D, Burton J, Lynch E, Clark D, Rintoul J, Bailey N. Data Resource Profile- The Scottish Social Care Survey (SCS) and the Scottish Care Home Census (SCHC). International Journal of Population Data Science 4(1).

Other academic publications

(submitted). MacRae, C., Mcminn, M., Henderson, D., McAllister, DA., Jefferson, E., Morales, D., Dibben, C., Lyons, J., Lyons, RA., Ho, I., Mercer, SW., Guthrie, B. Understanding the multimorbidity concept. Effect of number and selection of conditions on multimorbidity prevalence in a large primary care population dataset. Lancet Public Health.

(submitted). Macrae, C., Mercer, SW., Henderson, D., McMinn, M., Morales, D., Jefferson, E., Lyons, RA., Lyons, J., Dibben, C., McAllister, D., Guthrie, B. Age, sex, and socioeconomic differences in multimorbidity measured in four ways. UK primary care cross-sectional analysis. British Journal of General Practice.

2022. Donaghy, E., Huang, H., Henderson, D., Wang, H., Guthrie, B., Thompson, A., Mercer, SW. Primary care transformation in Scotland. Qualitative evaluation of the views of national senior stakeholders and cluster quality leads. British Journal of General Practice.

2021. Mercer SW, Henderson D, Huang H, Stewart E, Guthrie B, Wang H. Integration of health and social care - necessary but challenging for all. British Journal of General Practice.

submitted. Huang H, Donaghy E, Henderson D, Wang H, Mercer SW. Using self-determination theory in research and evaluation in primary care. Health Expectations.

(submitted). Mercer, SW., Lunan, CJ., MacRae, C., Henderson, D., Fitzpatrick, B., Gillies, J., Guthrie, B., Reilly, J. Half a century of the inverse care law. a comparison of general practitioner job satisfaction and patient satisfaction in deprived and affluent areas of Scotland at national level. Scottish medical journal.

2021. Comas-Herrera A, Zalakaín J, Lemmon E, Henderson D, Litwin C, Hsu AT, Schmidt AE, Arling G, Kruse F, Fernández JL. Mortality associated with COVID-19 in care homes- international evidence. International Long Term Care Policy Network.

2020. Bell D, Comas-Herrera A, Henderson D, Jones S, Lemmon E, Moro M, Murphy S, o'Reilly D, Patrignani P. COVID-19 mortality and long-term care- A UK comparison. International Long Term Care Policy Network.

2020. Bell D, Henderson D, Lemmon E, Moro M. Deaths in Scottish care homes and COVID-19. International Long Term Care Policy Network.

Conference Proceedings

2022. Tweed, E., Cimova, K., Craig, P., Allik, M., Brown, D., Campbell, M., Henderson, D., Mayor, C., Meier, P., Watson, N. P71 Unlocking data to inform public health policy and practice. Decision-maker perspectives on the use of cross-sectional data as part of a whole-systems approach. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health.

2022. Lemmon, E., Rutherford, A., Hall, P., Bell, D., Henderson D., Downing, A., Clark, S. The use of social care services by individuals aged 50 and over diagnosed with colorectal cancer in Scotland. A linked data study. International Journal of Population Data Science.


PhD supervision


COVID-19 mortality and long-term care- a UK comparison

Website associated with the above paper showing code for measures and plots used in the report

PhD Thesis

Link to GitHub repo showing the RMarkdown files I used to write my thesis.


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  • Pipe Band Drumming
  • Golf
  • Walking
  • Reading